The UK Government’s decision to green light plans for a major offshore wind farm has sparked concerns about the potential impact on sea birds.
An animal welfare charity rescued a rare sea eagle found with a head injury near a wind farm on moorland in Lewis.
The Scottish Gamekeepers Association (SGA) has called for monitoring and reporting around wind farm impact on local wildlife to be tightened up.
The RSPB has applied to the Supreme Court for permission to appeal against a major wind farm development which it believes would hit seabird colonies.
The company behind plans for a £2 billion wind farm off the Fife coast has called on bird protection charity the RSPB to abandon any further potential legal proceedings which could scupper the project and put hundreds of potential jobs at risk.
A £2billion wind farm project is to go ahead after a court appeal by wildlife campaigners was rejected.
Scotland’s burgeoning offshore wind industry was dealt a blow yesterday after a judge in Edinburgh upheld a legal challenge against four developments.
Wood from forests “teeming with wildlife” in the US is being burned for electricity in the UK, conservationists have claimed.
Threatened wildlife including turtle doves and skylarks could benefit from a scheme which has been launched to create natural habitats at solar farm sites.
A 100 metre (330ft) high wind turbine is set to start generating power at the headquarters of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. Construction of the turbine has been completed at the RSPB’s Lodge headquarters near Sandy, Bedfordshire, by energy company Ecotricity and is now expected to generate enough electricity to meet the annual needs of 450 homes. The turbine, which will save an estimated 800 tonnes of carbon emissions a year as it generates the equivalent of half the electricity the RSPB uses across its 127 sites, is part of moves by Europe’s largest nature conservation charity to make its operations greener.
A new report published today by the RSPB shows that wildlife is already being affected by climate change and these effects will only intensify over the course of this century.
The Government has been accused of trying to “sneak through the back door of parliament” regulations that could lead to fracking in protected areas.
The US wind energy industry has been dealt a blow after a US court ruled that the Department of the Interior violated federal laws by allowing renewables firms to kill protected Bald and Golden Eagles.
The RSPB has called for a judicial review after the Scottish Government gave consent for four offshore windfarms in the east of Scotland. The charity mounted a legal challenge at the Court of Session in Edinburgh over permission granted last October for four Scottish territorial and round three wind farms. The projects, in the Outer Forth and Tay, include Mainstream's 450MW Neart na Gaoithe, Repsol and EDP's 784MW Inch Cape and SSE and Fluor's 525MW Seagreen Alpha and 525MW Seagreen Bravo.
Leading conservation organisations are calling for a ban on mining and exploration for oil and gas in World Heritage Sites. The organisations, including the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), the RSPB and WWF, warn that growing pressure for resources means that a quarter of natural World Heritage Sites are under threat from commercial mining and extraction. World Heritage Sites such as Virunga National Park, home of the critically endangered mountain gorilla in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Virgin Komi forests in Russia and the Belize Barrier Reef System are all under threat from exploitation, the groups said.